Another great south side course
3 Helpful / 1 Not
Pros: (3.287 Rating) Among a class of great courses on metro Austin's south side.
- CHALLENGING - The Met Center is one of the more challenging courses in the entire Austin metro area. It will definitely challenge your game as the course is a good mix of both power and finesse holes.
- UNIQUENESS - Although a flat course, the overall uniqueness is way above your average 18 hole course. There are a bunch of 4's and a par 5. Several holes have a creek element in play as well as a pond. Doglegs holes occur in both directions. In addition, there are some pocket shots, and windows shots. Really the only thing that is missing is a very well defined tunnel play. I'll also add, there is really no "signature" hole on this course just a bunch of "very good" categorized holes.
- SHOT SELECTION - I probably played half and half flick to backhand. 60% of your drives will have to be well thought out and placed. While the other 40% will have to be bombed down the fairway. The course however doesn't fair well for overhead shot players as 70% of the drives will need to be kept low.
- CHARACTER - There is a great course map right at hole 1. And there are very well artistically illustrated and fairly accurate hole signage throughout the course. Most of the tees are shaded well and there are two tees pads at most holes for ams and pros. Unfortunately no seating, no picnic tables, no extra pin placements, and no practice basket.
- TEE PADS - Concrete pads are of adequate length and width. Nothing special but it does the job.
- NAVIGATION - I didn't find any major issues. We took a picture of the map at hole 1. If you take a picture, you'll have no issues on your first time threw.
- SPACING - Above average, Perhaps there are but just a couple times that a disc can fade into another fairway.
Cons: - ELEVATION - A surprising lack of Elevation on this course. Its flat as a pancake. Probably varies by no more than 20' on the entire course and no hole varies by more than 10'. definitely subpar among the Austin area courses. I will add however that the course does work it in where is was available. A mound around a retention pond is used well on two holes.
- TIME PLAY - Course is not a quick play, a group of 4 should plan to be here at least 3 hours to complete 18 holes.
- SKILL LEVEL FRIENDLY - This really is not a beginners course, even from the am pads. although the odds of losing a disc is below average, the course requires the skills of a seasoned player to not come away felling defeated.
- NATURAL BEAUTY - Definitely not the most scenic course on the south side. Probably about average when comparing all courses in general however. I will note, that I have heard that the course was once much more vegetative and vibrant before 2012 and before the 3 year drought.
- MAINTENANCE - I played a charity event here, so the grass was cut just a few days prior. This said, numerous friends of mine have commented to me the lack maintenance this course gets. Often this can be due to the flood plain ground conditions and not being able to mow. The course seems to always be overgrown in the rainy season. Please be sure to check course conditions from a good source before heading out to avoid the risk of unplayable conditions.
Other Thoughts: A great course for those living within 15-20 miles. Definitely worth a look see if you are from out of town and have already hit Circle C and Roy G. If you live in Austin metro, be sure to play this course at least once.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Wow. That seems a little far
Pros: MetCenter is a course that will challenge you in every way. The course sits on a huge piece of land with ample room to have some longer holes. There are shorter holes that you have to finesse or be prepared to lose your disc to the water behind a few baskets. There is a little elevation on the course, and it is utilized very well especially the small hill that comes into play on Holes 15 and 4.
Like most Houck designed courses, this course has fair lines on all of the holes. The course is moderately wooded on some holes, and there are lines and fair landing zones on the par 4s and par 5s.
Also, being a Houck designed course, the course has ample tee pads, great tee signs and good catching DisCatchers. There are two sets of tees on a few holes, some of the shorter ones just have one, but the shorter tees give a newer player a chance to enjoy himself, as the longer tees can be unfriendly with mandos and harder lines to hit (Hole 1 long).
Hole 18 was a great finishing hole; it definitely was my favorite hole on the course. Not a super hard par 4, but a few errant shots and your score could be hit hard.
Cons: The course feels a little repetitive. I only played the course two weeks ago, and it is hard to piece together what hole is what hole and not just a mesh.
I felt a few of the holes were long just for the sake of having a long hole. Standing on Tee #10, the longest hole on the course, you are about a hundred feet from basket 11. You throw 1000' down a strip of land and come back the exact way you came. That hole could have been 200-300' less, but I get that the chance to play a 1000' hole is pretty rare.
The navigation can be a bit tricky but there are signs that point to the next tee. Without them, it would be very challenging to find your way around.
Other Thoughts: I had no expectations on Metcenter, and I left feeling "meh." There were no holes that I felt were phenomenal, and most of the type of holes you could find at other places. It was nothing special, but I would play it regularly if this was the closest course to my house, because it is not terrible, there are just better options in the Austin area.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 1 Not
Good Variety and Long
Pros: - This course wasn't afraid to stretch its legs. I like courses that "let the big dog eat" from the tee box (i.e. the 1000'+ Hole 10, 1 of 8 holes that are over 500' long when playing the blue tees).
- Along with the driver-friendly holes are technical holes throughout the course that utilize trees, water, and elevation changes.
- Any course that has established Alt Tees is a plus in my book.
Cons: -This was a year ago but some of the outlying areas of the course were under construction and affected the quality of play at the time. If that has since changed then consider this con null and void.
- It's the nature of the beast, but some of the more wooded areas were quite muddy. Old pair of shoes takes care of that though.
Other Thoughts: I played this course while visiting a friend in ATX. It's the only course I've played in Austin but if it's any indicator to the quality of courses out there, then I'm impressed and should make the trip over more often.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful.
2 Helpful / 4 Not
Pros: Good mix of long and short holes on this course. Good pin placement throughout. Excellent technical holes. Especially on holes 1, 4, 5. 6, 10, 12, 17, and 18 which has a good number of trees in the fairway and good interaction with the creek that runs through this course.
Cons: I have played this course both with and without water in the creek. When there is water present, plan on losing at least one disc. (Hence the Steeplechase in the title.) No Restrooms, few trashcans, and some high weeds can make for a tough disc golf experience.
Other Thoughts: This course just happens to be close to where I work, so it is a favorite of mine. Sure, it is tough, but for me, beats some of the other tough courses in Austin. At least I can play this one and have a chance at par on some holes.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
1 Helpful / 3 Not
Pros: Really good design
Good signs and tee pads
Easy to navigate
Good for both pros and ams
Cons: A little flat and repetitive
Other Thoughts: I don't think there's anything outstanding about this course, but there's nothing wrong with it either. I think there are a couple really good golf holes, and it makes good use of the creek and ponds. I think it's definitely worth playing if you're in the area.
Advice - park a little further down, start on hole 2, and then finish on hole 1!
And remember to check out the sign as you pull in, "Trespassers will be violated"
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 0 Not
Pros: Beautiful signage. Great use of land that otherwise would be lying idle. Decent shot variety and elevation change. Nice pace between long & short holes; shorter holes on either end of the longer ones so your arm won't tire too easily. Concrete tee boxes for both amateur and pro lengths. Different tees offer more than just a variation in distance, they offer a considerably different line as well. Great baskets, all readily visible and at the proper height. Moderately to slightly difficult, but plenty of shorter holes offer birdie/ace opportunities. Plentiful out of bounds areas require a fair amount of technical precision. Trees in the fairways (most of the trees out here are fairly young) are used very strategically with the design, not just as arbitrary objects. Probably the least trafficked course in the Austin metropolitan area.
Cons: Presumably the gap of land between the office park and the government/military installation was open and unused because it couldn't be built on. Probably because it's like a giant runoff/drainage ditch. Wet and muddy, even days after rain. As a result, the tee boxes, despite being concrete, are usually pretty caked with mud and dirt. Not exactly the most fluid design; some confusion in where to go after a couple of holes, as multiple tee boxes are visible from the end of the previous hole. To alleviate some of this confusion, there are a few signs between a few holes that indicate which way to fork to proceed to the next hole. Not exactly interesting; none of the holes are memorable or super unique, probably due to the fact that the land the course is on is in itself not very scenic. The out of bounds areas are marked on the signs, but it takes a bit of guesswork to actually say if you're off course when you get to your disc; additionally, some of the OBs do seem a tad on the harsh side, but that's not necessarily a huge negative. Lack of trash cans. Fortunately, there's not a lot of trash out there - but I would presume it's only because the course isn't that well trafficked (yet).
Other Thoughts: If I worked in the office building the course shares a parking lot with I'd be taking extended lunch breaks every day.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
4 Helpful / 6 Not
Pros: This is one of those courses you have to play alot and learn well to achieve and finish with a respectable score. Must play safe and not go for the gusto on several holes is one key. All the holes are well thought out and the course has a good flow from start to finish. Just landing in the fairway isn't good enough to maintain par you have to land in the right spots to avoid troublesome upshots and putts. At first glance the course will decieve you since there is no underbrush, but the trees are thick enough you won't have a clear shot if your not in a landing zone.
Cons: need benches and trashcans. Remove some mandos because the course is already a butt kicker. Wait about 3 days after a rain before playing, water pools in lots of places, the creek is up and the gound is just to muddy. Unless you want to drag around an extra 10 lbs on each foot for this long course.
4 of 10 people found this review helpful.
6 Helpful / 4 Not
Not a fan of this one!
Pros: Heard many good things about this course, but as far as new courses in Austin....I'm not a big fan of this one. Super Hard and water is brutal (very frustrating). That said, there are some pros...
Nice boxes (good length and concrete) and nice signs with good info. Nice baskets. Good lines on many holes, good variety of shots have to be used. Shot (200' ) and long (1000') holes throughout, But over all a loooong course to play. Not too far from central Austin.
Cons: This is not one you're gonna get in at lunch... 2 hours plus to play. Many of the holes throw back on each other since the layout of the course kinda throws all the way down one side and then back up the other way. Some of the holes tee boxes are in direct line of previous hole's box (waiting for a headache!) Lots of water and mud. VERY WINDY every time I've played... not much growth to break the wind. NO TRASH CANS! What happen to Don't Mess With Texas!? No benches... and this course seems to have large groups playing often. Tons of prickly patches. Need to label all pins with hole # (easier to navigate).
Other Thoughts: I will play this course again, but only when I don't plan on having fun.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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